Afrikaans is a West Germanic language, mainly spoken in RL South Africa and Namibia, though with a large diaspora worldwide. It is a daughter language of Dutch, originating in its 17th century dialects. Although Afrikaans borrowed from languages such as Malay, Portuguese, the Bantu languages or the Khoisan languages, an estimated 90 to 95 percent of Afrikaans vocabulary is ultimately of Dutch origin. Therefore, differences with Dutch often lie in a more regular morphology, grammar, and spelling of Afrikaans. There is a degree of mutual intelligibility between the two languages —especially in written form — although it is easier for Dutch-speakers to understand Afrikaans than the other way around.
Afrikaans-speaking nations in NationStates
Afrikaans is spoken in a small number of NationStates:
- North Transvaal
- South African Democratic Republic
- Nieuwlandia (minority:7,8%)
Also, Durbanian, a derivative of Afrikaans is spoken in a few nations.